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HIP “BLACK JESUS” TV SHOW AIRS

Catalyst September 2014

A few weeks ago, the premiere episode of “Black Jesus,” aired on the Cartoon Network. The Catholic League has long taken the position that portraying Jesus as black is fine with the Catholic League, and indeed we find it silly that anyone would object. The Jesus character in this show is a mixed bag: He is irreverent, and can be downright... [Read more...]

CATHOLIC-BASHING PLAY BOMBS

Catalyst September 2014

“Doubtless” is a play by Albert Innaurato that was performed in New York City. It started August 4 and it closed August 30. It was easy to ignore—the theatre had 98 seats—but given that Innaurato has solid credentials, we decided to address his latest attack on the Catholic Church. The play’s name is a rip-off of the John Patrick... [Read more...]

POPE’S REMARKS ON IMMIGRANTS WELCOME

Catalyst September 2014

There are those on the right and the left who have misrepresented what the pope has said about the immigration crisis. Understandably, those on both sides of this issue are unhappy with the pope’s comments, but that is no excuse for distorting them. It may not please those on the right to learn that the pope implores Americans to care for children... [Read more...]

NEW YORK DECLARES WAR ON KIDS

Catalyst September 2014

The New York City Health Department, New York State Department of Health, and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation recently announced that they are launching a new initiative to increase access to contraception “immediately after childbirth.” The anti-child mentality that marks Western nations has now been taken to a new level... [Read more...]

VATICAN OKAYS FORCE IN MIDDLE EAST

Catalyst September 2014

The Catholic Church’s just-war doctrine allows for a military response to grave conflicts, provided that several criteria are operative. The Vatican has made it clear that the mass murder being committed by Islamic State terrorists meets that standard. No one has been more pointed than Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See’s Permanent... [Read more...]

PELOSI’S UNMITIGATED ARROGANCE

Catalyst July/August Issue 2014

Rep. Nancy Pelosi does not simply reject the Catholic Church’s teachings on marriage, abortion, and contraception—she is a rabid foe of the Church’s positions. Recently, she went beyond her usual stance by lecturing her archbishop on the folly of marriage, properly understood. On June 19, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone spoke... [Read more...]

KUDOS TO ARCHBISHOP CORDILEONE

Catalyst July/August Issue 2014

A motley group of public officials, community activists, religious leaders, and gay advocates are upset that Archbishop Cordileone supports marriage, properly understood.  It is a striking sociological moment when elites stage a protest of an archbishop in the Roman Catholic Church simply because he believes—as the whole world has believed for thousands... [Read more...]

MEDIA SMEAR ARCHBISHOP CARLSON

Catalyst July/August Issue 2014

On June 9, attorney Jeff Anderson released video clips from a May 23 deposition transcript of St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson. It was vintage Anderson: he misrepresented the truth. The media and editorial board of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch followed his lead. The Post-Dispatch editorial said the following: “Mr. Anderson asked the archbishop... [Read more...]

COMMONWEAL INDICTS ARCHBISHOP CARLSON

Catalyst July/August Issue 2014

It was pathetic to read how Commonweal, home to Catholic dissidents, was straining to put the worst possible face on St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson’s exchange with Jeffrey Anderson. Every objective observer who has ever tracked Anderson knows that this lawyer has a pathological hatred of the Catholic Church. So when he locks horns with an... [Read more...]

ARCHBISHOP CARLSON HAS BEEN FRAMED

Catalyst July/August Issue 2014

According to attorney Jeffrey Anderson, Commonweal, and other media outlets, the transcript of the exchange between Anderson and Archbishop Carlson revealed that the archbishop did not know it was a crime for an adult to have sex with a child. They are all wrong. Prior to the controversial exchange (which began with a question regarding mandatory reporting... [Read more...]

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